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How Close Are We to Real-Life Tractor Beams and Sonic Screwdrivers?

Last May, researchers from the University of Dundee in Scotland proved that creating a tractor beam with sound was possible. This 10-minute video, recently posted by YouTube user whentheappledrops tries to simplify the science behind this discovery and suss out a definitive answer to the question: is this really possible? Read more… Continue Reading from [...]

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Marissa Mayer’s plan to turn Tumblr into YouTube is bold and smart. Too bad it’s probably not going to work.

When I first read Business Insider’s report that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer plans to turn Tumblr into YouTube, my first reaction was, “Wait, what?” While we’re at it, why doesn’t Facebook turn Instagram into Gmail? Or maybe Google could turn Nest into Foursquare. The news made it sound not only like Mayer wasn’t playing with a full [...]

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The Messy Story Behind YouTubers Taking Money For Game Coverage

Before Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor‘s release, a curious thing happened: critics on YouTube (and some in the traditional press) tried to obtain early PC copies for review, but couldn’t. And yet, YouTube entertainers were able to—if they agreed to terms like, "videos will promote positive sentiment about the game." Read more… Continue Reading from the [...]

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The Messy Story Behind YouTubers Taking Money For Game Coverage

Before Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor‘s release, a curious thing happened: critics on YouTube (and some in the traditional press) tried to obtain early PC copies for review, but couldn’t. And yet, YouTube entertainers were able to—if they agreed to terms like, "videos will promote positive sentiment about the game." Read more… Continue Reading from the [...]

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Social networks are the new journalistic gatekeepers. Thank God for LinkedIn’s Dan Roth.

As the Internet opened up the publishing world to anybody with a laptop and an opinion, there was a sense, particularly during the early days of blogging, that the old journalistic gatekeepers had finally been vanquished. An underwear-clad blogger was using the same platform and pixels as the New York Times. And despite the fact that [...]

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YouTube Community Scrambles to Address Its Creep Problem

Last week, popular YouTube prankster Sam Pepper was justifiably raked over the coals over a video that depicted him forcibly grabbing women’s butts and laughing at it like a stoned child after a dental appointment. Days later, news reports raised some serious allegations against Pepper: that he also sexually abused women when cameras weren’t rolling, [...]

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Video of stupid kids bending iPhones in Apple Store is more proof that we need a “right to be forgotten”

On a believability scale, the idea that teenagers are idiots is closer to “the sky is blue” than “the Universe might be little more than a giant hologram.” Now we can thank two teens for proving this point by filming themselves entering an Apple Store, attempting to bend as many iPhone 6 Plus models as they [...]

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Hacker Controls This Rave-Approved LED Suit With an NES Power Glove

The Power Glove was the quirkiest little peripheral ever devised for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Although if found only limited use on that platform, modern day tinkers with access to cheap and simple microcontrollers can now turn these 25-year-old video game artifacts into futuristic wearables. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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Pornhub launches a record label. Wait, what?

With US music industry revenues flatlining, starting a record label in 2014 may not sound like the most lucrative business move. But that hasn’t stopped the massive network of adult sites Pornhub (NSFW of course) from doing just that, according to a Billboard exclusive. To commemorate the launch, Pornhub has also announced a contest to [...]

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Facebook is reportedly getting back to what it does best with new Moments app

Facebook is taking a break from its efforts to become more like YouTube and Twitter to focus on facilitating the rampant over-sharing that made it so popular in the first place. It is said to be working on a new application called Moments which will allow people to share photos, status updates, and other miscellaneous tidbits [...]

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